Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.

Mar 302018

The modern tragedy is that the procedures that revolutionized science happen to be disastrous when applied anywhere else.

Feb 232018

Failing to convince others is the minor problem with argument; the major one is convincing yourself.

Jan 102018

What you call hypocrisy I call hedging against the possibility that one’s beliefs are in error.

Jan 022018

Most of what we are told is better than nothing is in fact far worse.

Dec 282017

The crank cannot be refuted, only dismissed.

Dec 192017

Whatever the fanatic permits himself is a duty: whatever he denies himself is a crime.

Dec 112017

A belief no fact can sink no fact can float.

Dec 072017

The good cause that leads to bad outcomes may not be all that good a cause.

Dec 062017

A very few rigorous social processes — scientific method, trial by jury — converge on truth reliably. Argument is not among them.